Did you know that the number one way to help your child with reading is to provide an abundance of experiences for your child? By having outdoor picnics, going to the park, walking around the zoo, or picking apples and pumpkins, you are providing rich vocabulary. Use the vocabulary as you experience it. There is nothing better than picking a ripe apple from the tree and talking about the apple's bright red color or smooth, glossy skin. Explore how sweet, tart, juicy or amazing that apple tastes. There are so many words that kids don’t hear today. By removing some time with electronics, you allow your children to truly experience the real world. There is no better teacher than you, parents. Talk to your kids about the world around them.
Reading to your child is also a great way to create a bond with each other. You are the first and best teacher for your child. When reading with your infant, place him/her on your lap and respond with a smile and a label as they point to pictures, or make sounds. Allow the child to explore the book, spend any amount of time on any page, turn the book all around, or open and close the book. Remember, your child is learning how books work. When they land on a page and point to a picture, you help the child point to and touch objects in the illustration. For example, you might say, “Oh, do you see the brown cow? It is eating the grass. The cow says 'mooo, mooo.'" It takes a while for children to learn that pages turn right to left. As children grow, help them understand how to hold a book, turn the pages, enjoy chants, rhymes and finger plays. As they grow, children will begin to understand that print has meaning and they will decipher the drawings we call letters.
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